Australian rainforest

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We travelled by scenic rail to a village in the rainforest called Kuranda. The railway construction started in 1886 and took 5 years to build. It has 15 tunnels all of which were dug out using dynamite, picks and shovels, mainly by Irish and Italian immigrants.

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The journey took over an hour and included a stop at the Barron Gorge and waterfalls (above). These are more spectacular during the rainy season which is now (February), but it has been a particularly dry ‘rainy’ season this year which is affecting the rivers and waterfalls. The locals explained they had been experiencing a heatwave instead and it was much hotter than usual.

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We spent a few hours in Kuranda and visited a butterfly sanctuary (above).

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We also went to the koala park in Kuranda (above). Koalas sleep for up to 22 hours a day and have a diet of Eucalyptus leaves. Their lifespan is 10-12 years in the wild and 16-18 years in captivity.

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Our journey back from Kuranda was by cable car which gave us spectacular views of the rainforest. The route is split into 3 sections which allows you to get off the cable car at the two middle stations and walk through two separate areas of the rainforest.

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The walks were boarded so it wasn’t exactly “off the beaten track” but it was a good experience to walk through native rainforest trees.

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We were lucky to see a wild Cassowary (above). Signs advise you to be careful if you see one as they can be aggressive. It was a large bird about the size of a small emu.

While Kuranda is touristy we both enjoyed our day and had a real flavour of a few things Australian. Even though they were in a wildlife park it was great to see koala’s in their native country.

 

 

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